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Report: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers expected to start vs. Vikings

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There has been plenty of speculation regarding the status of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Week 2 after suffering a knee injury in the 2018 NFL season opener. Fortunately, it appears he is good to go for Green Bay’s showdown versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Rodgers seemingly dodged a bullet after what initially appeared to be a severe injury. However, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, he will indeed start:

Absent a setback, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will start today vs the Vikings, sources say. He’s still sore and swollen because of a sprained knee, but sounded like practice Saturday impressed everyone. Should be good to go.

Needless to say, Packers fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The departure of Rodgers from last week’s game brought flashbacks to last year’s disastrous stretch without him. Fortunately, he was able to make his return and remind everyone why he is widely considered the best player in the league with yet another clutch outing.

While it is encouraging to see that Rodgers is healthy enough to play, there should still be some concern with his current status. He is far from being 100 percent and any wrong hit could result in further injury. It certainly does not help that they are going against a formidable Vikings defense. However, it is clear that the Packers cannot afford for their star player to miss any time this season if they are to get back into the playoffs. History has proven that Green Bay is a largely mediocre team sans Rodgers.